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National Environmental Policy Act (Jongmin Kim)


- Formed in 1969, and stated that federal agencies consider environmental factors and values into their decisions by thinking about the environmental impacts their decisions would make.
- To meet NEPA’s requirements, federal agents fill out a detailed statement called the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). The Environmental Protection Agency then reviews all the EIS’ to make sure they comply with NEPA’s standards.

- The NEPA process consists of an evaluation of relevant environmental effects of a federal project or action undertaking, including a series of pertinent alternatives. The NEPA process begins when an agency develops a proposal to address a need to take an action. Once a determination of whether or not the proposed action is covered under NEPA there are three levels of analysis that a federal agency may undertake to comply with the law. These three levels include: preparation of a Categorical Exclusion (CE), preparation of an Environmental Assessment (EA) and Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI); or preparation and drafting of an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).


CE: Based on an agency’s experience with a particular kind of action and its environmental effects.

EA: A screening document used to determine if an agency will need to prepare either an EIS or construct a FONSI.

FONSI: Presents the reasons why an action will not have a significant effect on the human environment.


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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Environmental_Policy_Act

http://www.epa.gov/compliance/basics/nepa.html



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